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Monday, March 21, 2005

Meet your fellow Philocritics in person!

Actually, dear readers, this is a three-part query inspired by Rick Heller's suggestion and PeaceBang's enthusiastic second. Please reply to the question that best applies to you:

1. How many liberal religious bloggers (plus commenters and fans) are in the greater Boston area who would enjoy getting together sometime this spring for real-live conviviality? A party, in other words.

2. How many Unitarian Universalist bloggers in the greater Boston area would enjoy a more UU-blog-focused get-together?

3. How many UU bloggers are planning to attend the General Assembly in Fort Worth in June? (I'll bring this up again in a month or so to see if there's interest in a GA conversation about UU blogging.)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 21 March 2005 at 9:43 PM

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32 comments:

Kenneth:

March 21, 2005 10:50 PM | Permalink for this comment

Question number one: Yes, count me in.

Jeff Wilson:

March 22, 2005 12:08 AM | Permalink for this comment

Negative to all of the above, sad to say. I live in North Carolina, and I can't afford GA. I've never been, hope to make it some day. Y'all have a fun meet-up.

Paul Wilczynski:

March 22, 2005 07:32 AM | Permalink for this comment

Numbers 1 and 2 ... I'd love to meet with those I've been reading for a while!

Jon Wortmann:

March 22, 2005 08:34 AM | Permalink for this comment

I'd love a party. Jon

Tom Schade:

March 22, 2005 08:50 AM | Permalink for this comment

count me in on all three !

John Cullinan:

March 22, 2005 10:44 AM | Permalink for this comment

I'm GA bound!

unity:

March 22, 2005 10:52 AM | Permalink for this comment

I'm in for a party. I assume in a party-type situation we could bring spouse and (maybe) well behaved children?

The second is OK too, but I like parties better than meetings.

I will not be going to Fort Worth, sadly, though the wife loves Pete Seeger and I hear that he is doing something there...

Jess:

March 22, 2005 03:43 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'll be at GA - this is the first for John and I. ;-)

Peacebang:

March 22, 2005 05:11 PM | Permalink for this comment

Unity, as far as I'm concerned I wouldn't want to go to a party UNLESS your children were there.

I will not be in Fort Worth. As much wisdom and love as I get from eating hotel breakfasts with Tom Schade every morning, and from drinking martinis with various snarky colleagues at night, my professional expense account and I need a break from GA. Martinis cost like NINE DOLLARS, ya'll!
So count me in for a regional blogfest.

Chalicechick:

March 22, 2005 05:19 PM | Permalink for this comment

I am working on a friend of mine on going to GA.

I am likely going.

Can a non-regional blogger join if she takes the Chinatown bus up?

CC

Phil on the Prairie:

March 22, 2005 05:35 PM | Permalink for this comment

I get to Boston every once in awhile (like this Saturday through Tuesday). Perhaps someday I'll be around when there's a Boston-area UU Blogger meeting. Other than that, I'll be at GA...and since I'm a member of the Family Matters Task Force (we are all family & we all have value), I say let's make kids welcome, too!

TransparentEye:

March 22, 2005 05:58 PM | Permalink for this comment

1 and/or 2.

I checked meetup.com. There actually is a Boston UU meetup listing, but it doesn't look like it's ever met.

http://unitarians.meetup.com/27/

I don't see a meetup topic that covers the broader liberal religion community in the category listing

http://www.meetup.com/topics/rel/

Rick

Philocrites:

March 22, 2005 06:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

So ... I get the sense that a party is a good idea. Chinatown bus tourists welcome -- although try to avoid the buses that burst into flames on the Mass Pike. Yikes!

If we go the family-style route, which would be fun, maybe we need to drag H. and secret blogger R. and Baby Sparkle, too. The family plan probably means volunteering someone's home -- but we'll get to that when we start talking about dates.

Scott Wells:

March 22, 2005 07:18 PM | Permalink for this comment

**whine**

Not H. and R., too. Make me feel bad for not being there.

**more whining**

Chalicechick:

March 22, 2005 08:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

Hey Scott,

Up for a road trip?

CC

Scott Wells:

March 22, 2005 10:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

What date are we talking about?

Philocrites:

March 22, 2005 10:51 PM | Permalink for this comment

Clearly we need to start talking about possible dates. Not the weekend of April 17, but what else works for people?

chutney:

March 23, 2005 10:19 AM | Permalink for this comment

Not planning on GA at this point, but things can change. ;-) Missing Boston right now, so thanks a lot, Chris.

unity:

March 23, 2005 11:00 AM | Permalink for this comment

Weekends of April 9 and 23 are bad for me. Also, if we creep into May, the 29th is bad...

Chalicechick:

March 23, 2005 11:16 AM | Permalink for this comment

I am totally willing to do a road trip and drive you, Scott, and any North Carolinians or anybody else who can make it to DC.

If Scott rides with me, I have room for one more. Though the CSO is on a business trip to Salt Lake City the week of the 30th, so if we go then, I can fit two more people in. (Though the irony of a bunch of UUs renting an SUV would be pretty good, too.)

The trip's about seven hours, so if any Bostonians want to offer couches/guestrooms that would be cool.

Oh, and I have XM radio.

CC

unity:

March 23, 2005 06:23 PM | Permalink for this comment

CC and Scott,

Our couch and guestroom are your couch and guestroom...

Also, our house may be available as a locale pending a date and numbers o' folks. It is certainly bigger than Sparkle's apartment and we have a swingset...

Will Shetterly:

March 24, 2005 12:28 AM | Permalink for this comment

GA's looking about 80% likely for me: 100% on intention, 60% on time and resources. Still, seems to me something about UU blogs would be GA-worthy. I'm hoping to commit to GA in a couple of weeks.

Hank:

March 24, 2005 01:24 PM | Permalink for this comment

As the Misfits sang so long ago "Texas is the reason that the president is dead."

nuf said.
Hank

Philocrites:

March 24, 2005 06:30 PM | Permalink for this comment

Let's talk dates: What do people think of the last weekend in April, Friday the 29th or Saturday the 30th?

Hopefully by then Massachusetts will have emerged from the Ice Age and we won't need to cram ourselves into someone's living room for the whole time. Either of the first two weekends in May is also possible for me.

I've found that Saturday night parties rarely work among clergy, but a Saturday afternoon could be fun.

Peacebang:

March 24, 2005 08:24 PM | Permalink for this comment

The last weekend in April is good for me -- and it's MAY DAY on Sunday. I am going to do something either on Communism or Emma Goldman or Beltane. All totally out of character for me.

And I have a big back yard and parsonage, and guest rooms that will have been used the previous weekend to host a venerable speaker for our district gathering.

Paul:

March 25, 2005 09:15 AM | Permalink for this comment

I live in South Carolina, but I have to stay home-duty calls. :)

fausto:

March 25, 2005 05:57 PM | Permalink for this comment

1. Fausto and Mrs. Fausto would try to be there.

2. Ditto.

3. Nope, sorry.

UUjohn:

March 25, 2005 08:39 PM | Permalink for this comment

i'm just a fan in NH but, a short train ride to boston..

name a date... i'll bring the chips

Chalicechick:

March 26, 2005 08:16 AM | Permalink for this comment

If you do communism or Emma Goldman, I may show up Sunday morning.

But CC doesn't do Beltane.

CC

unity:

March 28, 2005 01:38 PM | Permalink for this comment

I would vote for the day of the 30th. That way I could bring the kids! If it is the 29th, that is OK, too. We would get a sitter, which is also exciting, of course... Saturday evening is out. Annual meeting is Sunday...

Also, I defer to Peacebang on location. Her parsonage is nicer than mine and she throws a good party!

Rock On,
Adam

Nate:

March 29, 2005 11:07 AM | Permalink for this comment

I vote for the first weekend of May. I have a conference to attend that weekend in April.

That is, if you'll let a Trinitarian Pretty-High-Church Episcopalian join the party.... =-)

Joseph Santos-Lyons:

March 30, 2005 04:18 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'm in Boston during the week, usually Tue-Thu. I'll have to drop by your office Chris and say hi, and send my good wishes. I am happy to see all this network, and perhaps I will meet several of you at GA. You are all inspirational! Yeah.



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